Reinstall Windows 8 using Refresh Your PC

Refresh your PC

Windows 8 problems? Need to reinstall Windows 8 but want to save all your files and apps? Our step-by-step guide shows you how to reinstall Windows 8 using Refresh Your PC.

Reinstalling Windows 8 should always be a last resort when faced with a unresponsive or misbehaving computer – but sometimes you have to reinstall Windows 8 and it can seem a daunting task.

With Windows 8, Microsoft has made reinstalling Windows 8 far easier with two options that help streamline the process. You can choose to Refresh Your PC, which reinstalls Windows 8 on your computer but leaves all your personal files, custom settings and apps intact. Alternatively, selecting Reset Your PC removes everything from your hard drive and installs a factory-fresh copy of Windows 8.

Refreshing your PC is a good way to troubleshoot problems. While your files and personalisation settings such as libraries, user accounts, and desktop themes are saved, other program and system settings are returned to their defaults. So if the problem isn’t resolved with a System Restore, the next step is to choose the Refresh Your PC option.

Before using the refresh or reset your PC options, back up all your personal files and make sure that you have all the serial numbers for the programs you need to reinstall. This will help smooth the installation process and get your computer back up and running as quickly as possible.

Reinstall Windows 8 with Refresh Your PC

Step 1  Move your cursor to the top right of the screen and, from the Charms menu, click Settings, and then click Change PC setting.

Step 2  Click General.

Step 3  Scroll down the right side of this section until you see Refresh your PC without affecting your files. Click Get started.

Refresh your PC

Step 4  Click Next to start the Refresh process.

Step 5  You’ll be asked to insert the Windows 8 disc that you used to first install Windows or a system recovery disc that you’ve previously created.

Step 6  Click Refresh. Windows 8 will refresh your computer, using files from the disc you inserted in the previous step. This can take up to a half hour and your PC may restart several times during the refresh process. Don’t touch the keyboard if prompted to “Press any key” during start-up, just let Windows restart on its own.

Step 7  Now you can reinstall your programs one at a time, restarting the computer after each new install. This will help you to identify which program is causing problems.

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